Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer and Associate Head for Student Experience in the School of Computing.

Office: Buckingham Building, Room 1.12

Tel: 023 9284 6664 / +44 23 9284 6664

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I grew up in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

I was awarded a BSc (hons) in Internet Information Systems from the University of Aberdeen in 2009. 

I completed my PhD entitled "Adapting Feedback to Learner Personality to Increase Motivation" in 2014, also at the University of Aberdeen, supervised by Professors Judith Masthoff and Chris Mellish. I then joined the dot.rural Digital Economy hub, working on the ASICA project which investigated how technology could help with the diagnosis of recurrent melanoma in rural communities. I then joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016.


Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on most of the core modules for BSc Software Engineering including:

  • Application Programming (L4) (Module Coordinator)
  • Core Computing Concepts (web) (L4)
  • Application Engineering (L5)
  • Usability Engineering (L5) 

Research Interests

My research interests lie in Adaptive, Persuasive and Motivational systems. My PhD research focussed on learner personality and modelling how human tutors adapt their feedback to it, to enable an intelligent system to do the same. I have also worked in eHealth - looking at how reminders can be personalised to users and how we can design systems which are accessible to all.

Currently I am working with my PhD student Muhammad Sidi-Ali on examining how cultural differences affect the expectations and content of feedback to learners from teachers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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